This week’s Observer quotes Our MP Colin Mayes as saying “Why would any political party want to legalize marijuana which would only destroy children’s lives and families?”. MADD Canada and Stats Can estimate :in 2010, the most recent year for which there is data, alcohol impairment-related crashes resulted in an estimated 1,082 fatalities, 63,821 injuries and damage to 210,932 vehicles in PDO crashes. There were a total of 183,298 crashes, costing an estimated $20.62 billion. This does not include watercraft or work place fatalities and injuries. Children he asks?
Young people are at particular risk. Approximately 45% of youth crash deaths are alcohol-related, and statistics indicate that one in every three people who dies in an alcohol-related crash is under the age of 25. The Conservative government seems happy to dispense and collect taxes on alcohol and tobacco which have proven to destroy people’s lives. Almost everyone knows someone who has died as a result of a “freshman” style party alcohol poisoning yet there has never been a single case (not one) of anyone dying as a result of cannabis overindulging. Isn’t it time to bring the boogieman out of the shadows of ignorance and examine it in the bright light of day?
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